Under Enemy Colors

Under Enemy Colors

by S. Thomas Russell
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Under Enemy Colors 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of the Aubrey-Maturin novels from the late Patrick O'Brian, I have been in serious reader depression ever since reading through his entire series of incredibly well-written works. His writing is unmatched by any modern author that I have found, and every book I have read since has left me longing for O'Brian's wonderful way with words. While this new novel from Thomas Russell doesn't quite match up to the masterfully crafted Master and Commander series in every way, it remains an excellent read for any fan of historical fiction. While the dialogue isn't quite as clever and well developed as much of O'Brian's, Russell's story moves much more quickly, and will keep even the more casual reader on the edge of his seat. Russell also avoids getting bogged down in too much detail about the art of sailing, and readers will sympathize with, and enjoy getting to know the main character. It was inevitable that this new work would be compared to O'Brian's series. Many have probably set the bar too high in the shadow of his great works. This reader, however, enjoyed Under Enemy Colors and is anxiously awaiting the second in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read and very well written. As a sailor myself, the author's attention to detail and accuracy in the matters of sailing an 18th century war vessel was wonderful. The characters were interesting and the main character well developed. I eagerly await the next novel referenced as coming out in 2009. Those that think this was a boring novel don't understand the nature of topic that Sean Russell has so wonderfully written about. If you are a sailor, get the book - you'll love it.
soon2bauthor More than 1 year ago
For to long it has gone on that the greatest thing in the world to do was to end a book without finishing the story. I enjoyed the plot of this book, it was a great read. A page turner. It found that right spot to leave the reader questions that weren't answered, and solved the problems that were the core of the story. I would recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a huge history novel nut and fan of the Hornblower and Aubrey series, I was highly skeptical when I first saw the cover of Under Enemy Colors, thinking 'Oh great, another late-18C-British-Naval-Officer-with-no-interest novel.' I picked up a copy regardless, and oh my what a pleasant suprise I was in for. Read the whole novel in one sitting (ended up going to bed at 5 AM. Only disappointment is that this is the first book in hopefully what will become a long and fruitfull series, and I have to wait in the dark until the next novel comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few authors left today who venture into historical fiction. Most authors have dipped into the modern thrillers that are so popular today. This book is a great look into the late 18th century when the sea was ruled by the might of the British Navy. The story itself is full of well-developed characters and adventures that will keep you turning the pages. The book has a little bit of everything from naval warfare to a bit of spy games. This book is a fresh look at the historical fiction genre and certainly one of the best novels I've read in a long while. Not since John Jakes' North and South trilogy have I been so impressed by a novel! I can only hope to see more of the same from this author!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1793 the hostilities between France and England leaves some people with divided loyalties. For instance, Royal Navy Lieutenant Charles Saunders Hayden is the offspring of an English father and a French mother although he does his duty with honor in support of England and the crown. However, being half-French makes his chances for promotions nil and his loyalty questioned his superior officers distrust him in spite of his proven record. Denied once again a promotion he earned, he is assigned as the first lieutenant to the frigate Themis commanded by Captain Josiah ¿Faint¿ Hart, who got and kept his job due to political connections at the highest level of the Admiralty in spite of being an incompetent and a coward. Hayden is stunned by the Themis being closer to mothball shape rather than in war condition and the crew appears ready to jump ship. As combat with the French is imminent, Hart wants to sail away, but needing a fall guy openly tears into Hayden accusing him of being a French enemy combatant of England. --- This late eighteenth century military thriller grips the audience with its insightful look at war at sea. Charles is fantastic protagonist who keeps the exciting story line together as a victim of bias and inferior superior officers who got their position due to connections even in 1793 political hacks are given technical leadership jobs so that when a crisis occurs they can fail and blame others. Historical readers will cherish this strong naval saga with vivid sea battles, strong characterizations, and a deep sense of time and place with the reminder that those who ignore history repeat the mistakes of the past. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptionally good book. Once I began reading, I simply had to keep going. The characters, the historic details, the story line, everything about this work recommends itself. I highly encourage all interested readers to consider this novel.
Tennessee_Pete More than 1 year ago
Mr. Russell's novel is a delightful read in much the same vein as Patrick O'Brian's Aubry/Maturin series. Characters are well developed, if not entirely original. The narrative descriptions are transporting putting the reader in the middle of each ship hearing the snap of the sails and the creak of the rigging. The themes of duty and honor are not particularly original but stand the test of time and Mr. Russell gives them a new standard-bearer in Charles Hayden. Will be buying copies for the guys in my family to enjoy but I am keeping my own as it will hopefully become the first of a collection. Can't wait to read A Battle Won this August.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Not much adventure.
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